Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania

I recently visited this 350 acre display garden, located near Kennett Square, while visiting friends and relatives along the East Coast. These gardens were originally created by Pierre Samuel du Pont (1870-1954) and offer wonderful examples of both the formal traditions of the French and Italian, as well as the more practical and modern traditions that can be used in our own back yards and entryways. Notice the use of both structures and contrasting plant textures...grasses, clipped plants, pergolas, and hardscaping.


A formal knot garden surrounded by gravel walkways


Massive hybrid water-platter in a pool outside the conservatory, often reaching 7 feet across!


Fountain Grass and purple Barberry contrast nicely with a wood and brick screen near the Idea Garden.


On the private side of the screen...lush flower and vegetable beds!


Entry steps lead down to a brick patio.


Large pots and contrasting paving create garden rooms. ( In this case the Entry Plaza which leads into Pierce's Woods, designed by Gary Smith as an artistic interpretation of nature)


Grasses and perennials are a popular mix for the late Summer and Fall garden.



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